Jack Butland 'reassured' over England place despite playing for Stoke in Championship

England's Kyle Walker Marcus Rashford Trent Alexander Arnold and Harry Maguire look on as the prepare to take a free-kick Action Images via Reuters  Andrew Boyers

Jack Butland 'reassured' over England place despite playing for Stoke in Championship

Walker picked up an overhit corner on the right flank and subsequently delivered a pinpoint deep cross of his own, picking out Rashford who controlled a cushioned volley past Sommer from close range to score in back-to-back England games for the first time. We think he's a fantastic talent with a great mentality.

"To get two goals this week, two really good finishes, is really important for him".

England reaped the benefits of a tactical tweak from Southgate at the interval after Switzerland controlled long periods of the first half.

Not surprisingly the upheaval resulted in what Danny Rose described as an "embarrassing" first-half display as the players struggled to find their rhythm.

"Shaqiri was dropping into areas that were available and they were overloading midfield".

"We changed the shape in the second half, which helped, and we got our defence a little higher up the pitch".

"The players certainly had a lot to say to each other when they first got into the dressing room".

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When asked to stack up England's most talented players against the likes of Spain's Andres Iniesta, Xavi and David Silva, Southgate said: "The only one in my lifetime is Paul Gascoigne and I'm not sure he was developed, I think he was a effect of a unique talent". We kept the ball better after half-time also.

Southgate, meanwhile, said of the row between the players at half-time: 'We expect that, we encourage it. And that's the only way we can keep raising the standard'.

'It's important they have a view, they are intelligent football players, they should have a view of what's going on.

"The players have given everything through a really hard period".

The Three Lions were pushing for a return to winning ways after losing 2-1 to Spain over the weekend, while Switzerland thumped Iceland 6-0 in their UEFA Nations League opener.

"The players have missed pre-season and you don't know what physical condition they are in".

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